If you’re serious about growing, you need a greenhouse. And, like all houses, an efficient greenhouse will be double-glazed to give you the controlled and consistent environment your growing plants need. Double glazing will give you a year-round greenhouse to beat the vagaries of the British seasons, one that you can bring up to temperature and keep there, at the right humidity, using little energy and without waiting costly fuel. Not all greenhouses can be linked to mains services, so you may be heating using other means; the more efficient you can be, the better all round, and the more you derive benefit from the plants you’ll be able to nurture. Double glazing will also make the most of solar gain, so any sunny day in even the coldest winter will add to the total of warmth in your greenhouse – it will get in, but it can’t so easily get out. [Read more...]
No summer salad is complete without a luscious home-grown tomato picked fresh from the vine. These health-promoting fruits are comparatively straightforward to grow if you get your planting time right and feed in the right way. Expect to choose your first ripe fruits from the end of July thru till October.
Soil and position – A rich soil improved with organic material and some fertilizer like Gro Your Own Fruit & Plant Plant Food is good, particularly if it’s a warm bright spot in front of a southerly facing wall or fence. Otherwise you can grow tomatoes in a Gro Your Own Fruit & Plant Planter or Tomorite Giant Planter with Seaweed positioned on a bright terrace or balcony.
Gardeners get superb results from a Tomorite Giant Planter as the compost is fastidiously mixed and improved with nutrient elements to help powerful early expansion prepared for optimum cropping.
Start to grow your tomatoe from seed in either a grow bag or small pot and when the seedling is about 4″ – 5″ high you can replant into a bigger pot and either grow outside or in a greenhouse.
Remember to water your tomatoes but don’t over water as this can cause the fruit to split as it grows, also regular picking of the fruit and nipping off new green shoots promotes more fruit growth.